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HI I’M NINA TRUDEAU

A little bit about me

Boozhoo kina wiya! Nina ndizhnikaaz miinwaa ndaanis Naanookshkaasii zhinkaazaa. Aundeck Omni Kaning ndoonjibaak miinwaa Wiikwemikong. Anishnaabekweok ndao.

Hello everyone, my name is Nina and my daughter is called Naanookshkaasii. We are from Aundeck Omni Kaning Reserve and Wiikwemikong Unceded Reserve both located on beautiful Manitoulin Island. We identify as Anishnaabe Kweok (women), and as an Indigenous woman, it has come to my attention that more needs to be done for the future of our children and the planet.

This brand was named after my daughter because I want to create a sustainable life for her, a legacy that she can be proud of and one that will hopefully set her up for her future so that she can pursue whatever she wants.

With the help of my family, we are working at creating a better world for not only my daughter but future generations, even if it's only in our own backyard. 

If you’d like to learn more about me, browse through the site. If you see something you like, or you want to discuss what I can do for you, feel free to contact me via the form at the bottom of the page.

YOU ARE MORE THAN ONE STORY

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” 

-  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian Writer

Proud mother of a beautiful little Hummingbird who challenges me to be the best version of myself that I can be.

 

Struggling in a society where you are profiled based on 150+ years of negative stereotyping is hard to break away from.

 

Click the link below if you'd like to see how I am changing my story.

Ontario Arts Council

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Over the last few years, I have been fortunate enough to receive grants from the Ontario Arts Council to help with obtaining materials to be able to pursue my passion for sewing/making traditional/contemporary Indigenous items.

The Ontario Arts Council is a provincial-based, publically funded government agency that provides funding by means of grants and services to Ontario-based artists.

There are many programs available such as Indigenous arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Francophone arts, literature, media arts, and multidisciplinary arts, to name a few.

 

Check out the highlight reel and link to the gallery below if you would like to see some of the creations I was able to make with the help of the Ontario Arts Council.

Click the above logo to be redirected to OAC's homepage and click apply!

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O De'min Kwe Singers

I have been so lucky in my years that I can now call myself an O De'min Kwe singer. 

I can remember, as a little girl, following the lead singer, Dana McDonald-Roy around like a puppy. Whenever I heard their name called to sing I would drop whatever it was that I was doing to run and be with them, I had never heard women sing that way before. As soon as the song was over I would run off and go back to my previous task.

I continued this well into my twenties as I always still felt that little O De'min Kwe singer on my shoulder telling me to sing. I had no idea that Dana had been watching me this whole time!

I have tried to live my life the best way that I could and had a few rough years, but realistically, who hasn't?

So now we enter the next chapter of our lives..... check out the links above for more information about          O De'min Kwe!

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